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(in)visible, (im)material, (in)tangible

„Make a world without any hierarchy.“


Hara Shin 




Hara Shin

Hara Shin

Who are you? What do you do?

A Berlin based artist from Seoul. I work with diverse media, mainly installation and video. I realize multi-layered hybrid spaces through nonlinear narrative, tactile experience and observation.

Where are you from?

Seoul, Korea 

Your style in 3 words?

(in)visible, (im)material, (in)tangible

Your weakness? Your strength?

Sometimes I am obsessed with planning, but sometimes I am intuitively immersed in work without any planning. Depending on the situation, it may be a weakness or a strength.

© Hara Shin, Immaterial Mapping, 2018, video still

© Hara Shin, Immaterial Mapping, 2018, video still

What makes you different?

Love, both analogue and digital.

When did you decide to become an artist?

Since early childhood. It was quite abstract. But the decision has slowly made me soak in it. 

 What do you find most fascinating about the creative process/your work?

When I find dissonance or gaps in a flow. 

A few words about your favourite creation?

Hyper-Collective. It presents a synthetic landscape consisting of artificial bodies and imitations of nature. They partially mimic body and nature to perform their given roles and form a temporal collective. The ambivalence about their existential meaning and uselessness hinders contextualising as technical or organic. Embodied through juxtaposition, this work has brought what was a diagram of scattered thoughts in the head into the real space. It anticipates my coming works.

© Hara Shin, Hyper Collective, 2019, installation view

© Hara Shin, Hyper Collective, 2019, installation view

Someone else’s work that inspired or inspires you…

From old SF films to virtual realities. From the traces of humans left in ancient cave paintings to the traces of the extended body with the development of technology and media. I am mainly inspired by collecting lots of relevant materials and creating another context in a linear time flows. I like Douglas Gordon, Camille Henrot and Hito Steyerl’s works. 

Who would you like to work with someday and why?

Biologist, neuroscientist, and anthropologist. Someday, I want to participate in a project of researching, hypothesising about and exploring living organisms with experts from other fields of art. 

A new project coming up or an idea you want to work on?

It will be about the ways of image collecting. By researching contexts of the “cabinet of curiosities” (Wunderkammer) and overflowing image collections in SNS and Internet, I will look into a behavioural aspects of visual obsession and compare this with museum history. 

Finish the sentence „More important than my career is…“

Breakfast with coffee, sunset with wine.

© Hara Shin, Hyper Collective, 2019, installation view

© Hara Shin, Hyper Collective, 2019, installation view

 2020: Where are we going?

We would go to the default value rather than optimisation. 

When the going gets tough…

Sleep. Too much. But sometimes I enjoy the moment getting tough. I need to find a balance. 

Put on your future vision glasses: What direction is our generation moving in, what will our world look like in 50 years?

Increased population and reduced diversity of species. The overflowing of data and cyberspace. Habitational alternatives where they should be found. But the future always wants to upset expectations. 

What would you do if you could change the World?

Make a world without any hierarchy.

If the universe is everything and it’s expanding, what is it expanding into?

It is fine if it expands into an infinite variety of spaces, but the problem arises when expanding into restricted areas. If we recongnise the diversity of the world and support the multilateral expansion, the universe, wherever it is, will be free regardless of its size. 

Tell us about your future plans…

I will continue to pursue what I want to say and what I can express as an artist. I will always be in a somewhere. I enjoy nomadic life. 

Your city’s favourite spots?

Unexpected flea markets. I like to dig through stacks of old books.

© Hara Shin, A Loop Loops, 2018, installation view

© Hara Shin, A Loop Loops, 2018, installation view

Last but not least: what is your favourite Song?

The original sound track of a movie called All About Lily Chou-Chou.

One last statement please: „Wood or stone, gold or art?“

For uncountable things between A and B. It is just not black or white. 

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